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Can Cloud Seeding Help With The Drought In The West?

In this 2010 photo, sun rays filter through clouds over 5,267-foot Mount Katahdin in Maine's Baxter State Park. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
In this 2010 photo, sun rays filter through clouds over 5,267-foot Mount Katahdin in Maine's Baxter State Park. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Eight states are experimenting with cloud seeding to try to create more precipitation to mitigate the effects of the drought that is gripping much of the western U.S. But how well does it work?

Host Peter O’Dowd talks to Chelsea Harvey, who covers climate science for E&E News, about the technology behind cloud seeding and whether it’s effective.

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration of more than 400 news outlets committed to better coverage of the climate crisis. This year’s theme is “living through the climate crisis.”

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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